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Scott Martin Hello , I worked for Dowlen Construction painting for over 25 years and as a trim carpenter for around 5 years. I studied mechanical engineering and business at Chattanooga State. I enjoy photography, hiking and camping with my wife and wood working. I am married and we live in the city of Red Bank even though our mailing address is Hixson. I have attended Oakwood Baptist Church in Chattanooga since 2004 with my wife. We were married there in 2006.

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Masking Tape

Posted by Scott Martin on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, In : Painting Tips 
When I started painting it was easy to pick a masking tape. There was tan type and it was not great. It is still being made and it is cheap. We never use it anymore because it can be hard to remove even after being applied just a few minutes. It does stick well sometimes but maybe a little too well for my taste. 

We use the Scotch Blue masking tape when we need to tape things off. Now that is said all blue masking tapes are not created equal. Not some prevent paint bleed using special adhesive...
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When testing out paint colors do not paint them on the walls!

Posted by Scott Martin on Saturday, April 16, 2016, In : Painting Tips 

When testing out a new paint color for a room in your home please do not paint them directly on the wall. Instead use a paintable sheet made just for testing sample colors. They come with instructions.
They are low tack peel and stick and easily removable and replaceable on other walls around your house to see what 
 the  the color will look like elsewhere. You really don't want big test spots on your wall for several reasons.
  1. They can be hard to get the final color to cover.
  2. You could leave bru...

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Artillery Fungus

Posted by Scott Martin on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Painting Tips 
So you have never heard  of this. Did you just make this up?
The term artillery refers to the fact that these fungus use energy to shoot its spore masses up to 20 feet like a cannon.
This fungus is more prone to be on the shady side of the home more than any other since the bark chips stay damp longer.
This black spots on the siding pose no risk to the siding other than making it look bad like it has been sprayed with tar droplets. At first sight they should be removed as soon as possible. The l...
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A yahoo user asks, I am painting room.

Posted by Scott Martin on Thursday, January 28, 2010, In : Painting Tips 
I am painting my room. Does red & bubblegum/hot pink go together?

I wanted to paint 3 of my bedroom walls pink & then the main wall red but im not sure if this will go? also i thought of 3 pink walls and one black wall but im scared the black wall will make my room look very dark. help please!



I said.
 " I have been a painter for 25 years and I would never paint a wall black. As far as red and pink that just makes me a little sick but it is you room and you can always repaint. Go to a paint s...


Continue reading ...
 

Paint coverage

Posted by Scott Martin on Sunday, October 25, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
Most people want paint to cover in one coat. Very few paints will cover in one coat over any color. Some will cover over a lighter color.
If the can says one coat coverage it may just do it for a pro but maybe not a do it for a non pro. Even I have a hard time getting some paint to cover in one coat.
One paint we are using now is doing a very good job of covering in one coat. Sherwin Williams Super Paint.
We have had some luck with Valspar getting it to cover in one coat.
A lot depends on what yo...

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Prep

Posted by Scott S on Monday, October 5, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
The single most important thing for A nice lasting paint job is the prep work. It's a boring, time consuming job that can consist of sanding, dusting, cleaning, patching holes, caulking, cleaning dust and more. If done right you will have a excellent looking paint job. But if not done right you can have a real mess that can be very costly later on. We at Martin Brothers Painting do our best give you a vice paint job. We do all the necessary prep work then and only them will we paint. A paint ...
Continue reading ...
 

How Your walls will look depends on these things.

Posted by Scott S on Monday, March 9, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
  1. New drywall (Sheetrock is a brand name) needs to be primed with a primer like Firstcoat or one of the other Sheetrock primers. Most builders skip this step because of the cost. I have painted for years and we only used it for about a year or two because most people would not pay the cost. Then they would complain about the way the walls look.
  2.  Another thing that can make the walls look bad is a poor drywall finisher. It has not been finished enough to sand but they do it anyway.
  3. A person sandin...

Continue reading ...
 

Time To Paint Again!

Posted by Scott S on Monday, March 9, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
Well it is is Spring time again.
From time to time all property owners will have to paint something be it inside or outside. Spring is a good time to paint the Exterior of a building. Painters love the Spring time like everyone else and now is a good time to get a pro to paint your house or Office. If you hate to paint you better get a pro and the job will be done faster and you will not be bothered. People either like to paint of they hate to paint there in not much middle ground here. I like...
Continue reading ...
 
 

Showing category "Painting Tips" (Show all posts)

Masking Tape

Posted by Scott Martin on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, In : Painting Tips 
When I started painting it was easy to pick a masking tape. There was tan type and it was not great. It is still being made and it is cheap. We never use it anymore because it can be hard to remove even after being applied just a few minutes. It does stick well sometimes but maybe a little too well for my taste. 

We use the Scotch Blue masking tape when we need to tape things off. Now that is said all blue masking tapes are not created equal. Not some prevent paint bleed using special adhesive...
Continue reading ...
 

When testing out paint colors do not paint them on the walls!

Posted by Scott Martin on Saturday, April 16, 2016, In : Painting Tips 

When testing out a new paint color for a room in your home please do not paint them directly on the wall. Instead use a paintable sheet made just for testing sample colors. They come with instructions.
They are low tack peel and stick and easily removable and replaceable on other walls around your house to see what 
 the  the color will look like elsewhere. You really don't want big test spots on your wall for several reasons.
  1. They can be hard to get the final color to cover.
  2. You could leave bru...

Continue reading ...
 

Artillery Fungus

Posted by Scott Martin on Friday, March 4, 2016, In : Painting Tips 
So you have never heard  of this. Did you just make this up?
The term artillery refers to the fact that these fungus use energy to shoot its spore masses up to 20 feet like a cannon.
This fungus is more prone to be on the shady side of the home more than any other since the bark chips stay damp longer.
This black spots on the siding pose no risk to the siding other than making it look bad like it has been sprayed with tar droplets. At first sight they should be removed as soon as possible. The l...
Continue reading ...
 

A yahoo user asks, I am painting room.

Posted by Scott Martin on Thursday, January 28, 2010, In : Painting Tips 
I am painting my room. Does red & bubblegum/hot pink go together?

I wanted to paint 3 of my bedroom walls pink & then the main wall red but im not sure if this will go? also i thought of 3 pink walls and one black wall but im scared the black wall will make my room look very dark. help please!



I said.
 " I have been a painter for 25 years and I would never paint a wall black. As far as red and pink that just makes me a little sick but it is you room and you can always repaint. Go to a paint s...


Continue reading ...
 

Paint coverage

Posted by Scott Martin on Sunday, October 25, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
Most people want paint to cover in one coat. Very few paints will cover in one coat over any color. Some will cover over a lighter color.
If the can says one coat coverage it may just do it for a pro but maybe not a do it for a non pro. Even I have a hard time getting some paint to cover in one coat.
One paint we are using now is doing a very good job of covering in one coat. Sherwin Williams Super Paint.
We have had some luck with Valspar getting it to cover in one coat.
A lot depends on what yo...

Continue reading ...
 

Prep

Posted by Scott S on Monday, October 5, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
The single most important thing for A nice lasting paint job is the prep work. It's a boring, time consuming job that can consist of sanding, dusting, cleaning, patching holes, caulking, cleaning dust and more. If done right you will have a excellent looking paint job. But if not done right you can have a real mess that can be very costly later on. We at Martin Brothers Painting do our best give you a vice paint job. We do all the necessary prep work then and only them will we paint. A paint ...
Continue reading ...
 

How Your walls will look depends on these things.

Posted by Scott S on Monday, March 9, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
  1. New drywall (Sheetrock is a brand name) needs to be primed with a primer like Firstcoat or one of the other Sheetrock primers. Most builders skip this step because of the cost. I have painted for years and we only used it for about a year or two because most people would not pay the cost. Then they would complain about the way the walls look.
  2.  Another thing that can make the walls look bad is a poor drywall finisher. It has not been finished enough to sand but they do it anyway.
  3. A person sandin...

Continue reading ...
 

Time To Paint Again!

Posted by Scott S on Monday, March 9, 2009, In : Painting Tips 
Well it is is Spring time again.
From time to time all property owners will have to paint something be it inside or outside. Spring is a good time to paint the Exterior of a building. Painters love the Spring time like everyone else and now is a good time to get a pro to paint your house or Office. If you hate to paint you better get a pro and the job will be done faster and you will not be bothered. People either like to paint of they hate to paint there in not much middle ground here. I like...
Continue reading ...